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State raids city fund for $1.67 million

Original post made on May 24, 2010

In the ongoing legal battle over the state's ability to raid municipal coffers to balance its budget, California cities took it on the chin.

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Posted by Spaghetti Freddie
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

"a pattern of inappropriate fiscal maneuvering," said the pot to the kettle.

Where was city managements concern for the school district when they were approving the Minton's project?

Oh, that's right, they didn't have any concern, because they were the ones doing the raiding there. I guess it's really just a question of who's ox is getting gored.

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Posted by Oy Vey
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

The City raided nothing when they approved the Minton's project. You have no idea what you're talking about.

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Posted by stever
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Everyone raids the tax payers' bank accounts. California = Greece i.e. a bankcrupt wellfare state for public workers.

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Posted by Seer
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Sorry Stever, the item on the state budget that just keeps growing and eclipses all but education is corrections. Not public worker pensions.

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Posted by Lifetime Resident
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Unfortunately they all seem to have their hands in the cookie jar one way or another (just like the old time racoon trap, when the racoon would not let go of its prize; not even to save its life) once they've reached in and have hold of that rather large cookie inside, they're unwilling to let go of it and free themselves from the very narrow hole they so boldly reach into.

It's just that in this case the States' legal team is "better". Especially when the billable hours spent on the case is more likely to be paid in full if there is State, County, and City funds from which to draw payment against.

I'm sure even if MV had won, a big chunk of that "additional school funding" would have been used to pay the legal team who fought and won the battle for the cookie worth millions.

In the end only some crumbs will be left for those whose real need and noble cause was the rallying point in which all this exciting drama and shameless waste of time, money, and potential was set in motion

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Posted by NeHi
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

At least there is a winner in this battle. Sadly, it is the lawyers.